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Campaigners' fury over Dunton homes
6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Echo News
CONTROVERSIAL plans for up to 100 more homes to be built at Ford Dunton have been met with fury by campaigners.
It will mark the next phase of amuch bigger development that will eventually see 450 properties being built on the land.
The news comes as the Echo can reveal a housebuilder has also been lined up to carry out the controversial Ballards Walk development of 135 homes.
With both of the major housing developments moving a step closer, councillors and residents have claimed Laindon’s open space is being destroyed.
Furious councillors claim the Ford Dunton site was originally green belt until the car manufacturer changed the use of the land to a science park.
However, once the company decided to dispose of the area, it never reverted to its original protected status, therefore paving the way for developers to easily get permission to build there.
Vic York, former Basildon Council leader and resident of Buller Road, Laindon, said: “I am appalled we are trying to build on every open space in the area.”
Nigel Smith, leader of the Basildon Labour group and ward councillor for nearby Lee Chapel North, said: “The real winner here is Ford and the loser is the community.
“I know there are better sites out there. Laindon and the new town have been developed too much.”
Fellow Labour councillor John Scarola, who represents Laindon Park, added: “I have concerns over how education, highways, and health centres in Laindon can cope and those issues still haven’t been resolved.”
Council officers have recommended the 98 homes, which will be a mixture of three, four, and five bedroom houses, are approved by councillors on the development control committee.
The authority made a u-turn decision last November in granting outline planning permission for a total of 450 homes on the site.
Councillors had thrown out the plans just months earlier, but then accepted the proposals as they feared developers would overturn the decision at a Government appeal and build the homes anyway.
John Dornan, Tory ward councillor for Laindon Park, said: “I didn’t want this site to get planning permission, but now it has, I want the absolute best for Laindon and Basildon as a whole, and these are top-of - the-range homes that are proposed.”
The latest phase of the development will mean permission for 277 homes to be built by Bloor Homes, which will construct the estate after buying part of the land from Bellway Homes.
Basildon Council’s development control committee will discuss the plans at 7pm on Tuesday, October 15, at the Basildon Centre.
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